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Striving to be effective funders who listen, learn, evaluate and develop.

Funding Principles

Our funding principles have been developed in line with the overall guiding principles and objectives of the Foundation with the intention of empowering community and creating an environment where every child has the opportunity to reach their potential.

Aboriginal led Organisations

CAGES Foundation will intentionally seek to fund DGR 1 organisations with high levels of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation, influence, identity and leadership. The foundation’s principle around self-determination is best enacted through supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led organisations however we also recognise the need to build skills and capabilities in these organisations and the communities they exist in. An effective way to do this is to support respectful partnerships between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations where two-way learning and capacity building at an organisational and community level is intentional.

Demonstrate a dedication to capacity building

It is intended that all funding provided by CAGES Foundation will leave behind a greater and innate ability for Aboriginal individuals, organisations and communities to achieve improved life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children beyond the life of the funding. Capacity building may be defined in various ways and will occur at different levels including community, organisational and leadership.

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We are committed to being effective funders and continuing to evolve and learn from those we work with.

Applying For Funding

CAGES Foundation gave just over $1.4M in its 2017 grant round with over $1.2M of funds distributed to organisations working to improve the opportunities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

31% of our funding was granted to Aboriginal controlled organisations with another 56% of funds being dispersed to non-indigenous organisations working in close partnerships with Aboriginal controlled organisations and community.

Expressions of interest for our 2018 grant program will open in November.

Facts you need to know

  • We prefer to enter into longer term funding arrangements which results in at least 60% of funds available for disbursement being pre-committed.

Before proceeding

  • Is the focus of your activity Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children in the first five years of their life?
  • Is your organisaiton Aboriginal controlled or led or do you partner with Aboriginal controlled or led organisations?
  • Can you demonstrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership and participation?

Apply

If you believe that you are a good fit for funding by CAGES Foundation you are welcome to complete our Expression of Interest Form which will be available in November.

Please feel free to contact CAGES Foundation on (02) 9051 2411 or at info@cagesfoundation.org.au if you have any queries on our application process.

The Philanthropic Benchmark Initiative (PBI)

In 2013 CAGES Foundation partnered with Origin Foundation and Dusseldorp Forum to enlist research consultancy Pollinate to develop a tool to enable foundations to measure their own effectiveness. Since its inception in 2013 the PBI has been conducted three times and seven organisations have participated in the survey making the benchmark more robust and indicative of the industry.

The motivation behind this initiative is to create industry benchmarks for philanthropy and enable philanthropic organisations to recognise how they can operate more effectively. For CAGES Foundation, participating in the PBI gives the organisations we fund with an opportunity to provide honest and anonymous feedback about their experience working with us and in turn to enable us to improve the way we work.

In response to feedback from the organisations we fund gathered through our participation in the PBI, CAGES Foundation has created and implemented a new application for funding process and updated our website.

PBI Results

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